Urban governance, Building stocks, Innovation in the construction sector
Iris Belle holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Heidelberg University, a Diploma in Architecture from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and a certificate in Chinese language from Beijing Normal University.
In the past, Iris Belle was a Post Doc researcher and module coordinator at the Future Cities Lab of the Singapore ETH Centre and the Institute for Historic Building Research and Conservation at ETH Zurich. She also worked as architectural and urban designer at AREP Beijing and gmp-Architekten Beijing. As a consultant, she has conceptualized conferences and workshops on urban transformation and architecture for the DAAD and the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design.
Research interests include the effects of urban governance on sustainable development, the long-term transformation of the building stock in relation to cultural capital and natural resources and design and construction quality. Currently, Iris Belle researchers the effects of digitization on innovation in the construction sector.
Iris is a member of stadtkultur-international and ICOMOS Singapore.
Grants and awards
Hiehle Foundation printing cost subsidy for doctoral dissertation, 2014
Graduate Academy Heidelberg University completion grant, 2011
DAAD postgraduate scholarship “Language and Practical Training in China”, 2003
DAAD full year scholarship, 2000
Undergraduate course: architectural design (1st, 2nd year)
Hassler, Uta, Belle, Iris (2017, forthcoming) Singapore’s Building Stock – Approaches to a multiscale
documentation and analysis of transformations. Hilmer, München.
Belle, Iris, T. Wang, U. Hassler (2015) Age of land as parameter for sustainable transformation of
Singapore’s building stock. Habitat International (48): 20-29.
Wang, Tao, I. Belle, U. Hassler (2015) Modelling of Singapore’s Topographic Transformation Based
on DEMs. Geomorphology (231): 367-375.
Belle, Iris (2015) From Economic Zone to Eco-city? Urban Governance and Urban Development
Trends in Tianjin’s Coastal Area. Borntraeger, Stuttgart.
Hassler, Uta; I. Belle, W. van Aaken (2012) From Godown to Downtown: the evolution of
Singapore’s port-related building stock. Bollettino del Dipartimento di Conservazione dei Beni
Architettonici ed Ambientali: 500-507.
Belle, Iris (2011) From economic growth to sustainable regional development? The case of China’s
Tianjin Binhai New Area. Regions (282): 15-18.
Belle, Iris (2008) The Axis to Nature—Beijing Olympic Forest Park. Topos : European Landscape
Magazine (63): 22.